Facing criminal charges requires you to maintain caution as you go about your daily activities. It is possible for things said innocently to come back and sabotage your criminal defense.
Information that you put out to the public through social media may give the prosecutor an opportunity to discredit your defense. Here are several ways your social media usage may turn into a defense liability.
1. It undercuts or contradicts an alibi
Something you post on social media could contradict the alibi you are using in your defense. A credible alibi has evidence in place to support it, and one post could call that alibi into question. A picture, tag, comment or other digital presence on a friend’s profile has the same damaging power.
2. It can provide corroborating facts or evidence for the prosecution
If there are claims about your clothing or identifying features from the victim, a photo posted online could help confirm these details for the prosecution. It does not matter if your recent posts do not contain this information. The prosection can search through years of your social media activity.
3. It can show your current activities
Conditions of your bond may include where can travel or activities to avoid. Social media posts could reveal that you are not following the conditions and lead to having your bail revoked.
Rather than deleting your social media accounts and creating a perception of guilt, carefully monitor your activities. Never assume you have privacy, regardless of your settings. Keep your activity to a minimum, though refraining from posting at all is ideal.